Car seat question?

Tara - posted on 04/13/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Hi I have a boy with autism who will soon be 6. He is in a booster chair but while we are driving he knows how to escape out of his car seat and it really scares me! There's no reasonig with him, if he does understand what we tell him, he doesnt care and escapes the car seat anyways! I was looking up car seats for kids with special needs and they are terribly expensive. Does anyone know if alta regional (nick's service provider) would help fund the cost of that? Thank you for any info!!

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Kimberly - posted on 04/18/2010

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My son is almost 5 1/2 and he was doing the same in the turbo booster, ive had him in the same seat they use on the bus, it's called COSCO. It buckles across his chest and between his legs and the height and weight issue works for him. He is 30lbs, 40inches...this seat fits up to 100lbs. It was just under $50, at Walmart. It's all black, with some grey. Perfect, not one issue since, he actually seems to prefer this seat.

Margie - posted on 04/18/2010

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Hi is he just unlocking him self out of it, because if that is the case the are these things called Angel Guards, (seen them at Target and they also have a Web site)they slip over you seat belt straps where you click them in at so you child can not unlock the clip and take of their seat belt. I have tired booster seats and chair style seats, I opted for a car seat that you can use up to 100lbs with a 5-point harness still. My son will be 8 in July and has DS. Have had problems until we used the angel Guards, since we have had none. Hope this helps.

Janis - posted on 04/16/2010

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I had a similar problem with my daughter. Once she got smart enough to unbuckle herself, it was a challenge to keep her strapped in. While you're waiting to see what you can work out about getting a special needs car seat, you might want to try what we did. Our problem was that my daughter figured out how to press the button to release the seat belt. We tightly wrapped the area of the buckle (where the release button was) with duct tape. That made it just that more difficult for her to press the release button. It made it quite difficult for us to push the button, and we did have to remove and replace the tape every so often, but it did the trick. This might be something to consider while you work out a permanent solution. In my case, once my daughter realized that she could not longer get out, she quit trying to get out.

Carrie - posted on 04/14/2010

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alta regional is in Sacramento? I've heard of it I believe, just wondering...I'm in Fresno, I know our regional center can help with costs of that.

Iridescent - posted on 04/13/2010

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Also check with insurance (even MA). Sometimes they'll cover the cost as long as it's prescribed, and they'll cover the cost of 1 car seat per year depending on what state you live in.

Jane - posted on 04/13/2010

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For funding look into your local ARC, the waivered MA funds, social security, etcetera. Also, your school district may be able to help with it, as they'll have to transport him to and from school.

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